Consider some of the awesome fall indoor activities for toddlers that are listed below.
1. Musical Chairs
I find that toddlers really love this game. This is one of the best fall indoor activities for your toddler. Generally it is played with 3 or more players. Usually it will be played with less chairs than players. The music of your choice is played as the players walk around the chairs that have been placed in the center of the room. When the music stops, each child needs to hurry to sit down. The person or persons that do not find a seat available are considered out. I believe the toddlers like it so much, because it is challenging to compete and attempt to not be left without a seat. Also, it is fun. It is a game that toddlers can learn very quickly. Also, music is beneficial to learning. So again, the toddler has to pay attention and use his or her listening skills for this game. It also helps with coordination, because children need to be fast to get a seat. They need to be quick to race to a chair.
2. Simon Says
Simons Says originated from Latin. The Latin version means “Cicero says do it.” This game is good for helping your toddler with self-control. This game also can help your toddler with hand and body coordination while having fun at the same time. It arouses the toddlers listening skills, because he or she needs to listen carefully as to what he or she is instructed to do. It can also be a way for the toddler to learn the parts of his or her body.
It is generally played with 3 or more players. The way that the game is played is as follows: One person is Simon. That person instructs the other players as to what to do. For example, “Simon says clap your hands.” That would be a command that is issued. Then again Simon might say, “Clap your hands.” If anyone did so, they would be considered out, because Simon did not say it. They are only to follow the instructions of Simon for it to be a valid request. There is no end to the number of requests that Simon can ask the toddler to do. Some of the requests are as follows: Simon says put your hand on your knee, pat your head, snap your fingers, crawl like a baby, touch your right foot, bark like a dog. These are just a few of the commands. Most of them cause some type of engagement with your toddler and his or her body, so they are learning as well as having a good time while doing so. The great thing about this is that it is definitely good for a fall indoor activity for toddlers.
3. Hide And Seek
Hide And Seek is a favorite that toddlers like. This is a great fall indoor activity for your toddler. This is a good game, because it involves a toddler using their decision making abilities. They have to decide where they will hide. They only have a certain amount of time to find their hiding place. I have observed that toddlers enjoy the secretiveness of hiding, so no one can find where they are at. It requires hunting skills, because the person that is looking for those that are hidden needs to be able to search them out. The seeker usually closes his or her eyes and counts to 10, then says, “Ready or not hear I come.” When the seeker finds that toddler, the toddler needs to race to the home base, if he or she does so before getting tagged, they will not be out of the game.
4. If You Are Happy And You Know It
This involves singing, listening skills, and hand and body coordination. Music is a great way to help the toddler learn and it is equally enjoyable and fun. The leaders starts singing, ” If you are happy and you know it “clap your hands.” (then everyone claps) If you are happy and you know it “clap your hands.” (Everyone claps again) If you are happy and you know it, then your face is gonna show it, if you are happy and you know it clap your hands.” (Everyone claps for a final time.) This continues, but each time the leaders adds something different. Instead of clap your hands, raise your hands, or say amen, or close your eyes, or stamp your feet. These are only a few of the variations that could be used. You can use your creativeness to think of many other variations to use. Your toddler will enjoy endless fun with this fall indoor activity.
5. Hokey Pokey
This is another game that involves music. It also involves some shaking. This is a fall indoor activity that will allow your toddler to sing and move around. This game involves motor skills and hand and body coordination. Also, the toddler must listen and observe carefully. All the toddlers form a circle. Then the leader sings, “You put your right arm in, you take your right arm out, you put your right arm in and you shake it all about, (everyone puts their right arm in and take their right arm out, then everyone shakes their hand in a circular motion) ” you do the hokey pokey and you turn your self around that’s what it’s all about, hokey pokey.” As the leader sings and does this, so do all the toddlers. When the leader says do the hokey pokey, they put their hands on their hips and shake their hips, then actually turn themselves around. After turning around then the leader might sing you put your left arm in and continue each time saying something different, such as putting the right foot in, putting the head in, etc. This is a fun game and toddlers really enjoy attempting to do all the requests as they sing along.
6. View Family Album
Whether you have a large or small family, toddlers love to look at the family album. This particular fall indoor activity for toddlers is great. It helps them to learn about family members that possibly they might not see as often. This helps their recognition skills and also, helps them to remember family members. It helps them learn to identify. Also, it is a time you can share family stories with them. Toddlers find this fascinating to hear stories about you or other family members, especially about when you were a child. It helps them relate and understand about life in general. It helps them learn about relationships such as who their uncles, aunts, cousins, great-grandparent, and grandparents are. This gives them a sense of their family heritage.